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Jakarta Post

Discovering enchanting Selayar, South Sulawesi

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 3 2012   /  06:00 am

At peace: Sunset near Jinato Island illuminates a fi shing boat in an area where most locals make their living from the sea.Selayar Islands regency in South Sulawesi has every reason to make its island group a marine tourist destination.

Located between the Flores Sea and the Makassar Strait, the regency has diverse and beautiful tourist attractions on offer.  

Apart from Taka Bonerate National Park, Selayar has a number of gorgeous sites and diving areas. Several islands in the regency also possess captivating natural scenery.

Selayar covers an area of 1,357 square kilometers and comprises 132 islands, of which only 29 are inhabited. Belang-belang is one of those islands, where during the full moon various species of turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.  

“Many people go to the island to catch turtle eggs during the full moon to sell in Bali. W...